Why Catamaran Corp. Shares Sailed Ahead

Is this meaningful or just another movement?

May 1, 2014 at 12:12PM

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of health-care information technologist Catamaran Corp. (NASDAQ:CTRX) popped 12% today after its quarterly results impressed Wall Street.

So what: The stock had pulled back sharply in recent months on worries over slowing growth, but today's Q1 results -- earnings per share of $0.50 topped Wall Street by $0.06 on a revenue spike of 53% -- are easing some of those concerns. In fact, Catamaran's cash flow from operations jumped 114% to $136 million over the year-ago period, giving analysts plenty of good vibes over its growth trajectory and financial health going forward.

Now what: Management now sees 2014 EPS of $2.10-$2.22 on revenue of $20 billion-$21 billion, both in line with analyst estimates. "The first quarter was a strong start to the year, highlighted by successful new client implementations representing more than $1 billion in new revenue and solid financial results," said Chairman and CEO Mark Thierer. "The team continues to deliver on our integration efforts for Restat and Cigna, as well as our Catamaran Difference initiative."

More importantly, with Catamaran shares still off about 25% from their 52-week highs and trading at a reasonable forward P/E of 15, there's still plenty of room to buy into that bullishness.

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